10 Reasons to Move to Greenwich, Connecticut

Reasons to move to Greenwich

I’ve lived in Greenwich for more than a decade now. Like many New York couples, my husband and I moved to the suburbs when we were ready to start a family. When we were looking to move to the suburbs, we did a wide search, we considered New Jersey, Westchester and Fairfield County. We ultimately fell in love with Greenwich. There are many reason to love Greenwich.  For those of you looking to move out of New York City and into the suburbs, chances are you are considering homes in Westchester County.  However, don’t forget to add Greenwich to your list.  Here are 10 reasons to move to Greenwich, Connecticut.

Why You Should Move to Greenwich, CT

Greenwich has Low Property Taxes

Greenwich Real Estate taxes is considerably lower than neighboring Westchester.  In fact, Greenwich real estate taxes is considered one of the lowest in Fairfield County.  Compared to other Fairfield County towns, Greenwich has low mill rates.  And compared to Westchester County taxes, there is a big gap in taxes.  As an example, if you compare property taxes of $1.0 Million homes in Scarsdale, NY to Greenwich.  Greenwich property taxes is significantly lower.  The real estate tax for a $1.0 million home in Greenwich ranges between $7,500-$9,500 per year while property taxes for a $1.0 million home in Scarsdale ranges between $23,500-$30,000.  The difference is significant!

Want to know how Connecticut Property Taxes are calculated. Check out our article: How to Calculate Property Taxes in Greenwich.

Greenwich is only 45 minutes to New York City

Most people have the impression that Greenwich is far from NYC because it’s in Connecticut. However, that’s a misconception. In fact, Greenwich is only 45 minutes away from NYC. It takes 45 minutes from Greenwich to New York Grand Central on the Metro-North express trains.

Living in Greenwich is very convenient if you plan to take the train into New York City. Unlike most towns where there is only one Metro-North train station, Greenwich residents have access to 4 Metro-North train stations. Greenwich residents can catch the train from the Old Greenwich station, Greenwich station, Riverside station or Cos Cob station, so wherever you live in Greenwich, you are never far from a station. And if you live in the Byram section of Greenwich, you can also catch the Metro-North train from the Port Chester train station in New York. It’s so convenient to take the train from Greenwich. And the Greenwich Metro-North station is an express stop, so you can catch express trains out of Greenwich.

Driving from Greenwich to Manhattan is also very convenient. The drive from downtown Greenwich to Midtown Manhattan is only an hour and 7 minutes. It’s an easy drive down I-95 South. Or you can always catch an Uber into the city.

Beautiful Greenwich Beaches and Private Islands

The beautiful beaches in Greenwich is one of the main reasons why I moved to Greenwich from New York City. Greenwich residents are lucky, they have two beaches and two islands!  These beaches and islands are private beaches for Greenwich residents so they are never crowded! Non-residents can buy day passes to get into these beaches but the ticket prices are high and there are limited hours and locations to buy these passes so the beaches are usually only frequented by Greenwich residents. Greenwich Point Park (also called Tod’s Point) and Byram Beach are the two Town of Greenwich beaches. Great Captain Island and Island Beach are the Town of Greenwich islands.

Greenwich Point Park is a beautiful beach in Old Greenwich. You can spend the day there relaxing on the sandy beaches or going in for a walk when the day is nice or bike on the bike trails. There is even Greenwich Community Sailing where you can take sailing classes, rent Kayaks and Paddle boards. Or you can visit the Bruce Museum Seaside Center which has daily educational activities for kids in the summer months. There is a touch tank at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center, it is very popular and usually there is a naturalist present at the touch tank. Other activities include daily fish feeding and fish seining activities. My kids love fish seining and learning about the type of fish that they caught. In the summer months, we spend our weekends at the beach. I love to see the kids play with other kids at the beach, catching hermit crabs, building sandcastles, running to the concession stand for ice cream. I also love that I usually bump into someone I know- a neighbor, parents from school or someone I know from town. It’s one big playdate for everyone! Even on weekdays, it is common to see families enjoying the beach with a picnic dinner or dinner at the patio overlooking Long Island Sound. I love seeing the dads in their business casual attire, join their families after work for a pizza dinner at the beach. You just can’t beat the lifestyle of being so close to the beach and yet only 45 minutes away from New York City.

Bruce Museum Seaside Center Seining for fish
Seining for Fish at Tod’s Point (Naturalist-led activity by the Bruce Museum Seaside Center)

Byram Beach is another Greenwich beach located in the Byram section of Greenwich. The beach is smaller than the beach at Greenwich Point Park but it has an amazing pool. The town and the Junior League of Greenwich raised $6.8 million to build the Greenwich town pool. Greenwich residents are lucky to have such a beautiful pool with amazing views of Long Island Sound. The Greenwich town pool is big, consisting of two pools (kiddie and a zero-entry lap pool), a splash pad, a concession stand, bathrooms and lockers. Aside from the pool and the beach, Greenwich residents can enjoy the playground at Byram Beach (it has amazing Long Island Sound views), tennis courts and marina. If you are a boating enthusiast, you can even join the Byram Shore Boat Club.

Greenwich Town Pool at Byram Beach
Town Pool at Byram Beach

Aside from the beaches, Greenwich residents also have access to two private islands- Great Captain Island and Island Beach. The town of Greenwich runs daily ferry service to Island Beach during the summer months. It is always a treat to get on the ferry to Island Beach. The experience always feels like you are going on a mini-vacation yet you are only minutes from downtown Greenwich. You can easily spend the day at Island Beach, enjoy the beautiful beach, playground, grills, picnic tables and concession stand. Great Captain Island is another private island for Greenwich residents. The town of Greenwich runs ferry service to Great Captain Island. It is less developed than Island Beach and lacks a concession stand.

Aside from hopping on a ferry and spending the day at the private Greenwich islands, you can get overnight camping permits at these private islands. Families apply for overnight camping permits and they spend the night camping. It is old-fashioned fun and always a blast!

Greenwich has Excellent Schools

Greenwich Public schools are high regarded.  Greenwich School district is always ranked as one of the best school districts in Connecticut. Greenwich has 11 elementary schools (4 of these schools are magnet schools), 3 middle schools (1 magnet Middle School) and 1 high school.  Greenwich is also home to some of the top private schools in Connecticut.  Top Connecticut private schools located in Greenwich are Greenwich Academy, Brunswick School, Whitby and Greenwich Country Day School.  Greenwich is also in close proximity to one of the best private schools in the country, Rye Country Day School. Plus, for a town of only 60,000 people, Greenwich residents have many preschools to choose from. Greenwich is home to Mencius Mandarin Preschool, the only Chinese Language Immersion Preschool in Fairfield County.

If you are looking into preschools in Greenwich. Check out my Insider’s Guide to Greenwich Preschools.

New Lebanon Elementary School in Greenwich

Greenwich is a Great Place to Raise Children

You will never get bored when you move to Greenwich! In fact, the opposite can happen. If you let it, your days will be jammed packed with activities. There is always something to do in Greenwich. You will find a lot of programs and activities for families. The town offers many recreational sports. My kids learned to ice skate through the town’s Ice Skating clinics at the Dorothy Hamill Rink in Byram. You will love Dorothy Hamill Rink, it is the Town of Greenwich indoor ice skating rink, so it’s never crowded! In the Spring, my kids participate in town softball and baseball programs. There are also field hockey programs, basketball, fencing, dance, soccer- something for every kid! You will have no problem finding activities for your kids!

On the weekends, there is usually a family event to attend in Greenwich. One of my favorite Greenwich family event is the Greenwich Reindeer Festival where kids can visit Santa and his reindeers (they actually bring in real-life reindeers).   

In the Summer, there is a plethora of summer camp options for kids. You can choose from private summer camp offerings as well as summer camps by the Town of Greenwich. The Sand Piper beach camp is a favorite town camp where kids spend lazy summer days at the beach in Greenwich Point Park doing activities such as nature walk, crabbing and old fashioned arts and crafts. Children as young as 3 years old can participate in the Sand Piper beach camp. There is also a good Music, Art and Dance camp offered by the town at Greenwich High School. Plus the Town of Greenwich offers Kamp Kairphree, which is your traditional full-day summer camp program complete with school bus transportation. It’s convenient for working parents. The best part is these camps are a great value compared to private summer camps!

If you have older kids, Greenwich has its very own Skate Park where kids can come with their skateboard, scooters, BMX bikes and spend a few hours perfecting their tricks and having fun. The Arch Street Teen Center is also a popular spot for older kids hosting events and activities for Greenwich teenagers.

The beaches: why I moved to Greenwich Connecticut
Byram Beach

Greenwich has Award Winning Libraries

Greenwich residents are lucky to have four amazing libraries in town. There is Byram Shubert Library, Cos Cob Library, Greenwich Library and Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich. Between the four libraries, Greenwich residents have access to an extensive collection of books, DVDs, CDs and artworks. I love borrowing kindle books and audio books from the library.  My kids love to spend hours browsing in the Children’s room at the main Greenwich library. There are also a lot of free library programs. Each library run their own children’s programs ranging from Baby Lapsit to Spanish Read-Aloud to Lego Playtime. If you have young children, you can definitely fill up your days attending library programs. I remember taking my kids to baby lapsit programs at the library and meeting other new moms in town. I remember going to Lego Playtime where my kids built lego creations that they were able to bring home! We also attended a lot of Spanish read-aloud classes and Chinese read-aloud classes. Aside from the daily programs, the libraries also offer free children’s programs during vacation weeks. 

There are also programs for adults at Greenwich library. Adults can enjoy free lectures, free Friday night movies, Meet the author evenings and free concerts at the library. You will be impressed with the caliber of speakers and authors that come to the library! Greenwich residents are lucky to have access to such an amazing resource right in town.

Lots of Recreation in Greenwich

No matter what recreation you are into whether it be golfing, biking, boating, shooting, skating, tennis, there is a lot to do in Greenwich. Aside from the beaches, Greenwich residents have access to the Town of Greenwich golf course, the Griffith E. Harris golf course. In the winter months, Greenwich residents can take lessons at the Dorothy Hamill indoor ice skating rink or if you want to skate in an outdoor, open-air rink you can become a member of the Greenwich Skating Club. There is a Town of Greenwich skate park for kids and teenagers. There are also plenty of town tennis courts, paddle courts, playgrounds and parks to go to that are open year round. Greenwich is also home to local museums such as the Greenwich Audubon Center, the Bruce Museum, Greenwich Botanical Center and the Bush Holly House Museum. If you are looking to join a country club, there are many private country clubs and yacht clubs to choose from. If you are into shooting, you can join the Cos Cob Revolver and Rifle Club, a local gun club The best part is that all of these recreational facilities are for a town of only 60,000 people, so nothing is ever crowded. The Town of Greenwich facilities are clean and well-maintained. The beaches and playgrounds are never crowded. Even the public ice skating sessions are never crowded!

Are you looking into Country Clubs in Greenwich? We asked members to give us the inside scoop. Check out our article: Insider’s Guide to Country Clubs in Greenwich, CT

Byram Beach Playground in Greenwich CT

Greenwich has a lot of Restaurants

Greenwich is home many restaurants offering a wide range of cuisine types. Whether you are craving Thai food, Italian, Tapas or crepes, there is something for you! There are restaurants in downtown Greenwich, on Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich and along Putnam Avenue (Route 1).  There are quick-service restaurants such as Nantucket’s Something Natural to Cava to Asian chains like Tengda to fine dining establishments such as Thomas Henkelmann.  In addition to local restaurants, Greenwich is a few minutes from the restaurants in Port Chester, NY and Stamford, CT.

Are you looking for restaurant recommendations in Greenwich? We asked local Greenwich residents for their favorite restaurants. Here are the 15 Most Recommended Restaurants in Greenwich, CT

You don’t have to go to Manhattan to Shop

I love that many of the stores I go to in New York City are also in Greenwich! Why shop in Manhattan, when you can shop on Greenwich Avenue?  Greenwich Avenue is lined with shops that you typically find in Manhattan.  There is a Hermes store on Greenwich Avenue, 4 different Saks 5th Avenue stores (main store, shoes, contemporary and jewelry) and boutique stores ranging from Theory to Lilly Pulitzer to Lululemon.  And compared to New York, sales taxes are lower in Connecticut.  Every year, the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce organizes a sidewalk sale in July where there are unbelievable deals.  It is such a popular event that Westchester and other Fairfield County residents shop the Greenwich Sidewalk Sale.  Greenwich is also home to several Manhattan food store chains.  You will find Citarella and Balducci’s on Putnam Avenue. You really don’t need to go to Manhattan to shop, everything is right in Greenwich!

Greenwich sidewalk sale
Greenwich Sidewalk Sale

Lots of Events in Greenwich

You can definitely fill up your days and weekends attending events in Greenwich. Greenwich is host to so many events- fundraisers and town events. Probably the most popular event in Greenwich is the Greenwich Town Party. Every summer, residents attend the Greenwich Town Party.  It is so popular that tickets sell out within minutes.  The town party is a full-day event with bands, children’s activities, and food trucks.  Past headliners have included Earth Wind and Fire, Hall and Oates, Steely Dan and Eric Clapton. In the winter, you can bring the family to see real life reindeers at annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival. It is usually held in Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses where you can get your photos taken with Santa, visit the reindeers and shop at the Christmas village. If you are foodie, in the summer, you can attend the Greenwich Wine and Food Festival. It’s a great way to spend your day sampling food and drinks from local restaurants, meeting and watching celebrity chefs and listening to live music. There are also many fundraisers in town, ranging from luncheons to black tie galas to children’s fashion shows all benefiting local non-profit organizations.

Final Thoughts on Why You Should Move to Greenwich, CT

I’ve lived in Greenwich for over a decade now and I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather live in. I love how it’s a big enough town to meet like-minded people, yet still small enough to bump into people at Whole Foods or at the beach. Plus, every time I’m at the beach, I’m still pinching myself at how amazing it is that I live so close to the beach and yet can still be in the city in 45 minutes! It’s such a great lifestyle! If you are still on the fence about moving to Greenwich, CT.  Don’t be…Greenwich, CT is a great place to live.

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